Certificate of Sponsorship: Foreign Health and Care Workers - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 2:58 pm ar 13 Tachwedd 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Green 2:58, 13 Tachwedd 2023

The Minister has used the term “abuses” a number of times. The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, to which he has just referred, says that the health and care worker visa system is being abused by criminals, leading to a “constant stream of allegations” of fraud and modern slavery—a rather stronger term. Following on from the question about the involvement of the private sector in this, I ask: what value are all these Wild West private sector firms that are popping up adding to the system? Would it be better to do this not in a privatised way but, if we need to recruit care workers from overseas, to do so through a national workforce plan and not-for-profit agencies?